How many motors can you find?

Back in November 2013, I wrote a blog that talked about electric motors and skimmed the surface on where those motors were located. So today I plan on walking through the house to count all the motors in each room. It will be very interesting to see how many motors there are in this house. Let’s start in our basement:

  • There are several motors in our old VCR
  • Couple in the CD player
  • Fans in the desktop PC
  • Disk drive in the PC has a motor
  • Several toys that have motors for vibration
  • Bathroom fan has a motor
  • The furnace has a squirrel cage motor
  • Our sidewall venter has a motor
  • A real old cassette player has two motors
  • The electric clock has a motor
  • Electric saw
  • Electric drill

Now to the kitchen:

  • Blender
  • The refrigerator has several – one for the compressor and one for the fan inside the refrigerator
  • The disposal
  • The fan over the stove and microwave
  • Can opener
  • The juicer
  • Mixer
  • Microwave
  • Oven clock

Let’s check the rest of the first floor:

  • Another wall clock
  • Answering machine tape player
  • Smartphone vibrator motors
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • DVD player
  • VHS player
  • Home entertainment CD player
  • Video camera

Time to hit the second floor and see what appliances and other equipment that have motors:

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • PC with a fan and disk drivers
  • Laptop with a fan and a disk drive
  • Hair dryer
  • Electric razors – one in the boys bathroom and one in the master bathroom
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Several robots
  • Nine DC electric motors that have been built
  • Fans for summer
  • Aquarium pump
  • Canon Powershot camera
  • Bathroom fans

Time to hit the attic:

  • Furnace blower

Now it is time to hit the garage:

  • Electric scroll saw
  • Upright electric drill press
  • Automobile mini-vacuum cleaner
  • Garage door opener

Time to look in the cars:

  • Fans for the heaters
  • Fans for the radiators
  • Windshield wipers
  • Starter motors
  • Power windows
  • CD players

Outside the house:

  • Two air conditioning units

Al in all, there are at least 80 electric motors in our home. They are in all sorts of devices – large and small appliances, power equipment, clocks, cars, air conditioning systems and the like. So, how many motors did you find hidden in your apartment or home? Don’t be too surprised if you find a lot more motors than you originally thought. Most everything that moves uses an electric motor. Have fun being a super snooper!

Quote for the Day:     “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton

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